Take Your Bags

Camille Billops, USA 1998, 11’
The KKK Boutique Ain’t Just Rednecks A String of Pearls

Billops tells her grandson what happened to the things that slaves transported from Africa to America took with them. An officer greeted them with the words: I will take your bags, with the assurance that the belongings will be returned to them on the spot. Eventually, pictures, maps and masks ended up in museums.

Monika Talarczyk

Camille Billops

As a director, she created as a duo with James Hatch; she – a ceramic artist, sculptor, painter, and he – a historian of African American theatre, documentary filmmaker and creator of an extensive archive of African American art. Their films focus on the personal and social problems of black women and men from the Camille Billops family circle and the artistic community that coalesced in the couple's New York apartment. Their  Finding Christa received the Grand Jury Prize at the 1992 Sundance Festival.


1982 Suzanne, Suzanne (short)

1987 Starsze kobiety i miłość / Old Women and Love (short)

1991 Odnaleźć Christę / Finding Christa

1994 Butik KKK to nie żadne wsioki / The KKK Boutique Ain't Just Rednecks

1998 Wezmę pani torby / Take Your Bags (short)

2002 Sznur pereł / String of Pearls

Cast & Crew

director Camille Billops
screenplay Camille Billops
cinematography Camille Billops
editing Camille Billops
cast Camille Billops, Keita Erskine
producer Camille Billops
sales Third World Newsreel
language English
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